Big Laurel Creek Hike

Waynesville, North Carolina

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This there-and-back trek traces an old railroad grade along Big Laurel Creek. Here, you follow the stream as it cuts a rugged gorge filled with geological wonders from steep cliffs to rock-constricted rapids below which deep pools form, to sun-splashed outcrops availing good watery views. The gentle grade reaches the former community of Runion, replete with relics, then cuts still deeper to reach the French Broad River and a turnaround point. This hike explores the lowermost gorge of Big Laurel Creek, a scenic stream carving a canyon on its way to meet its mother stream, the French Broad River. Along the way you will see rock outcrops, crashing rapids, and deep pools, all while tracing a relatively gentle trail that contrasts with the rugged terrain through which it travels.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This there-and-back trek traces an old railroad grade along Big Laurel Creek. Here, you follow the stream as it cuts a rugged gorge filled with geological wonders from steep cliffs to rock-constricted rapids below which deep pools form, to sun-splashed outcrops availing good watery views. The gentle grade reaches the former community of Runion, replete with relics, then cuts still deeper to reach the French Broad River and a turnaround point.

This hike explores the lowermost gorge of Big Laurel Creek, a scenic stream carving a canyon on its way to meet its mother stream, the French Broad River. Along the way you will see rock outcrops, crashing rapids, and deep pools, all while tracing a relatively gentle trail that contrasts with the rugged terrain through which it travels.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Waynesville
Distance: 7.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Pisgah National Forest, Appalachian Ranger District, 632 Manor Rd.,Mars Hill, NC 28754, (828) 689-9694, www.fs.usda.gov
Local Maps: National Geographic #782 French Broad & Nolichucky Rivers, Cherokee and Pisgah National Forests; USGS Hot Springs
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Laurel Creek Hike

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